EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMore Than A Dozen Storage Units Slipping Into Guyandotte River
from Eyewitness News Online
Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Also Contributing: Tiersa Davis
Reported: Jul. 8, 2013 11:43 AM EDT
Updated: Jul. 9, 2013 11:15 AM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
Sixteen storage units full of belongings and memories are slipping away toward the Guyandotte River. Larry Adkins and his girlfriend rented a unit from Route 60 Storage, and he had to come see the damage for himself Monday.
"We have a grandfather clock, a lot of personal old pictures of the family and stuff just a little bit of everything," he said. "I was just checking to see if I could get to it, but it looks like it's really unsafe."
Day after day of rain finally took its toll on the hillside behind the business here, and it gave way over the weekend, sending more than a dozen storage units and their contents along with it.
"Some's irreplaceable. Most is really not worth losing your life over to go get it," said Adkins.
Employees at Car Stuff next door say they've had some water damage and are keeping a close eye on their own building. Chuck Lowe said, "I project that we're going to lose something back there. It it keeps this up this week cause it's just getting saturate, and it's moving."
It's also a waiting game for Adkins and others to see if and when they'll be able to salvage their things. "We're just kind of waiting what happens in the next few days to see if we could get our stuff out or not."
The owner of Route 60 Storage has declined to comment so far.
Customers at one Huntington business are trying to salvage their belongings after more than a dozen storage units slid into the Guyandotte River.
Sixteen units from Route 16 Storage were damaged after the rainy weather caused part of the hillside to give way on Sunday. A dozen other units on the property had to be emptied as well.
A neighboring auto-detail shop is cleaning up after some water damage and is concerned about the possible threat it has to their business.
The owner of the storage units declined to comment.
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